New Holland has won the prestigious Tractor of the Year 2013 award in the Best of Specialized category with the T4060F. The award was presented at the EIMA International Expo in Bologna, Italy. The T4060F is the top of the range model in the T4000F/V series, producing 106 hp in a narrow overall package, making it the ideal choice for vineyard and orchard operations.
A complete productivity boosting and safety enhancing package
The T4060F, together with the entire T4000F/V range, has been designed to offer outstanding operating efficiency. A whole host of features ensure that growers can tailor their tractor to suit their needs, a range of transmissions can be selected, and all "F" models benefit from the SuperSteer™ front axle for the best-in-class turning radius: 76°.
Safe operation comes courtesy of the 100% mechanical park lock and the new PTO ratio that further boosts operating efficiency with a 5% fuel saving. The powerful hydraulic mid-mounts are controlled via an ergonomic joystick, which manages 8 outputs, and the entire system features a hydraulic motor function which offers 100% priority and a free return.
The entire range benefits from the "protection level 2" Blue Cab which has been redesigned and groups all key tractor functions together for intuitive and immediate operation.
Speciality spreader kit
New Holland knows that in order to remain competitive in today's demanding marketplace, growers need to optimize their inputs to maximize their outputs. Within the viticulture segment, this also means meeting tough, consumer-lead CO2 reduction targets. The Speciality Spreader Kit available on the T4060F does just that, using variable rate application technology.
First, the entire vineyard is mapped, and areas of high and low quality yield are recorded. This information is then analyzed by New Holland PLM™ Software to create prescription maps which indicate how much fertilizer should be applied in each area. This information is then transferred to the tractor, via a USB key, and the on-board precision farming package manages the application of fertilizer.
This variable rate application assists growers in optimizing vegetation growth, by counteracting areas of excessive or limited growth, which ultimately impact harvest quality. As a result, the area with high quality grapes increases boosting the operation's profits.
New Holland tests have shown that operations using the Speciality Spreader Kit have reduced the fertilizer application by as much as 15%. This represents a significant cut in input costs. Moreover, spreader management reduces the in-vineyard carbon footprint by 10%, which contributes to the 10% overall reduction in the carbon footprint of each and every complete bottle of wine produced.
FM750 display: Information at a glance
The color touchscreen FM750 display also allows operators to monitor all the key machine parameters at a glance, including actual working speed obtained through the GPS signals, worked area, fertilizer application rate as well as the amount of fertilizer still remaining in the bin. Advanced row tracing technology means that operators know exactly which rows have been covered to prevent overlaps; it also reduces fatigue during long working days and allows easy night operations as well.